StoneBridge Community Church
"I Am the Bread of Life"
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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"Gathering of the Manna" by Antonio Tempesta (Italian, 1555–1630) about 1600. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Text in Context

Bob Deffinbaugh, "The Bread of Life (John 6:22-71)" From the series That You Might Believe: A Study of the Gospel of John.

The Burning Bush

Bob Deffinbaugh, "The Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-15" from the series Exodus: The Birth of a Nation.

I Am Who I Am

John Piper, "I Am Who I Am" Desiring God, September 16, 1984.
1. Jesus meets…
1. Jesus meets our deepest needs.


Six minute executive summary of Chip and Dan Heath's book Switch: How To Change Things When Change Is Hard.
We are trying to find satisfaction in things that do not satisfy.
For Reflection/Discussion: Read about the story of Moses and the Burning Bush in Exodus 3.1-15. What is God's Holy Name? How does Exodus 3.1-15 help explain why Jesus seven "I AM" statements in the Gospel of John were so provocative and problematic? What are some of the things people do or turn to in order to cope with emotional, relational, and spiritual problems? Why do most of these make matters worse rather than better? In their book Switch Chip and Dan Heath suggest that the primary obstacle to lasting change in our lives is a conflict that built into our brains between our rational minds and our emotional minds. Can you think of examples of how that conflict has played out in your life? How does Paul's statement in Romans 7.18-19 help us understand that conflict? In what ways does Jesus satisfy our hearts deepest needs better than anything or anyone else?
2. Jesus announces…
2. Jesus announces that he came from Heaven as a gift of God.
"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic… or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." —C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book II, Chapter 3, "The Shocking Alternative." London: Collins, 1952, pp. 54–56.
For Reflection/Discussion: In John 6 people begin to reject Jesus. To what do you attribute their rejection? In what ways do Jesus's words and actions here and elsewhere suggest that he believed himself to be God? Why, in your judgment, do some people want to view Jesus as simply a great moral teacher or prophet? How does C.S. Lewis address that option in his book Mere Christianity? If Jesus were merely a human being, in what way, if any, could he bring us salvation?
3. Jesus presents…
3. Jesus presents us with a life-changing choice.

The Best Bread

"Bread is nothing to anybody till he eats it, and even our Lord Jesus is nothing to any man until he believes in Him, until he receives Him, until he takes Him into himself. That is the one thing that is needed, and the Lord Jesus Christ silently hints as much when He says, “'I am that bread of life.'” —Charles Spurgeon, "The Best Bread." Written in 1886.
For Reflection/Discussion: What is the life-changing choice Jesus presents us with in referring to himself as "The Bread of Life"? How have you responded to this choice? How has your response to Jesus effected your life's trajectory? What does it mean to receive Christ? Read John chapter 6. What other insights can you glean, or questions are raised, as you read this chapter?
Don't miss these great opportunities!

Join Pastor Jeff for his last ever CLASS 101 New Member Seminar. CLASS 101 is a fun, informal, informative afternoon where you can make new friends; learn about the beliefs, mission, and core values of our congregation; ask questions and, if you choose, become a member of our church family at the 5:30pm service on Saturday, October 27th. Find out why believing in Christ has always been connected with belonging to his family. Free childcare is available. Please make a note on your Connection Card, send an email, or call the church office at 805-526-5475 to let us know you'll be attending.

You are invited to join us for our message series and congregation-wide Growth Group study on “Selfies of the Savior” as we explore the startling statements Jesus made about himself, and their hidden meaning for us today. Check out the Growth Group brochure in your program this weekend in service.

Serve the senior residents of Ashlee Manor on Saturday, October 13th from 8:45am to 12:00pm. We serve by offering light housekeeping services, a grocery giveaway, playing trivia, and providing BBQ lunch. Serve for an hour, two hours, or the whole event. Please sign up and/or pick up a grocery list on the patio after service this weekend.

Join us at The Oaks at Lake Hughes where you will find freedom from all the things that are weighing you down and keeping you from being the person that God wants you to be. Come and find your freedom in Jesus Christ. Visit the ministry table after service this weekend for more information. You can also visit our website to find out more information and to register.

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